The Bucs did a great job filling out their roster through out the 2022 NFL Draft. The team drafted several players that fit team needs and have potential. Now that the draft has finished, Tampa Bay could turn its focus on the third wave of free agency. Starting Monday after 4:00 pm ET, teams will no longer be penalized for signing players against the compensatory formula.

While the determining factors are complicated, if a team loses more players than it signs during free agency, that team is eligible to be awarded compensatory picks in the following years NFL draft. As it stands the Bucs are projected to receive two compensatory picks next year, according to OverTheCap.com. They are expected to receive a fifth-round selection for losing safety Jordan Whitehead and a seventh-rounder for the loss of  O.J. Howard.

The Bucs were scheduled to receive one for Alex Cappa’s departure, but the signing of Russell Gage cancelled it out. And there is still an outside shot they could get a seventh-round comp pick for Ronald Jones II leaving if he hits incentives in his contract.

So what does all this mean?

The Bucs can dip back into the free agent pool without risking the loss of a compensatory pick. The team’s own free agents like Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh never counted toward the formula. So they could be re-signed at any time.

However, if Tampa Bay wanted to bring in a veteran it could do so now without losing any compensatory picks in 2023. In one of our recent Pewter Report Roundtables each Pewter Reporter outlined free agents they thought could be potential fits. The draft might have altered some of those options. Although inside linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive tackle could be positions the team could target after Monday.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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TBChucky
TBChucky
1 month ago

Sweet.. If we do get a 5th for Whitehead it’ll help offset not having a 4th. Maybe they can use those picks to get back into the 4th..

Horse
Horse
1 month ago

Good to know info; thank you.

76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46
1 month ago

I’m a little surprised we haven’t addressed a replacement for Lavonte David when this could be his last go round.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  76bucsfan46
1 month ago

I was thinking the same thing.